A teacher’s modification of the “What can I learn from worms?” unit to teach the characteristics of life

A teacher recently shared with us how she integrated Project NEURON‘s Planarian Observation activity from Lesson 2 of What can I learn from worms? Regeneration, stem cells, and models into her biology classes. Using science notebooks, she asked students to reflect on connections between the activity and characteristics of life (Figure 1). Note that “CHARGER” is an acronym for seven characteristics of life: Composed of cells, Highly organized, Adapt to the environment, Reproduce, Growth and development, Energy for growth & maintenance, and Respond to a stimulus. Continue reading